Studies of Religion Buddhism Speech

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Buddhism Good morning (teacher’s names.) “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts; with our thoughts we make the world” Buddha Sutra. This quote is a simple and concise but an accurate representation of Buddhism and what it represents. Buddhism is a transcendent religion that came from a man named Siddhartha Gautama in 600 BCE. It lacks a God so Divine Command Theory does not apply unlike the main internationally practised religions. Its ethics come from the Dharma and compassion rather than fear and a divine higher power. Also, unlike most religions Buddha himself gave permission for his followers to adapt certain rules or stray from them if the situation calls for it. Buddhism asks its followers to consider consequences of their actions towards others and self before committing them. Buddhism has diverged into three main schools: Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana but they do share a set of common beliefs that everything in world is impermanent (Anicca) but when they die they will be continuously reborn (Samsara) unless they have reached a state of enlightenment which is also known as Nirvana. Everyone is a part of everything including life’s impermanence (Anatta). To reach this state a Buddhist must acknowledge the Three Jewels which are the Buddha who is the teacher, the Dharma which are his teachings and the Sangha which is the Buddhist community. The path to Nirvana is the cultivation of good conduct (Shila), Mindfulness (Samadhi) and Wisdom (Prajna). To do this they must also acknowledge and follow the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path. The noble truths are that life is full of dissatisfaction (Dukkha), the cause of this is desire (Tanha), the cure is to overcome Dukkha and the only way to overcome Dukkha is the follow the Eightfold Path. The Eightfold Path is to be of Right Understanding, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right

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